Commonwealth double GOLD medallist, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will lead 22 others to the forthcoming IAAF World Championships slated to hold from August 22 to 30 in Beijing. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Monday released the long awaited team list, following the conclusion of the National Trials held between July 30 and 31 at the Warri Township Stadium in Delta State.

Okagbare-Ighoteguonor won two medals for Nigeria at the 2013 edition of the championships in Moscow, ending the country’s medal draught at the competition. She claimed Silver in the Long Jump behind USA’s Brittney Reese, and Bronze in the 200m, following Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and fellow African, Murielle Ahoure.

The team comprises of 18 female and 5 male athletes  including newly-crowned 200m men’s champion, Odele Tega, Tosin Oke in the men’s Triple Jump, and Uhunoma Osazuwa (Hepthatlon). The trio met the IAAF qualifying mark at the venue of trials: Tega ran a Personal Best (PB) of 20.47s; Oke leaped to a Season’s Best (SB) of 16.98m while Osazuwa set a PB/National Record (NR) of 6106 points in her event.

Unfortunately, the country will not be fielding any athletes in some of its hallmark events like the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays and 400m, due to the inability of the athletes to meet the qualifying mark for the individual 100m/400m events.

The squad will be joined by the following officials: Gabriel Okon, Maurice Greene, Solomon Aliyu, Yussuf Alli, Prof Ken Anugweje, Kayode Thomas (Media Officer), Falilat Ogunkoya, Olumide Bamiduro (Secretary General), Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (Technical Director) and president of the federation, Solomon Ogba.

Here’s the complete team list below:

Women’s 100/200/4x100m

Blessing Okagbare

Gloria Asumnu

Stephanie Kalu

Deborah Odeyemi

Cecilia Francis

Ngozi Onwumere


Patience Okon

Regina George

Oluwatosin Adeloye

Etim Margaret

Funke Oladoye

Rita Ossai

High Jump

Doreen Amata

100m Hurdles

Lindsay Weyimi Lindley

400m Hurdles

Amaka Ogoegbunam

Long Jump

Ese Brume


Chinwe Okoro


Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa


Male Athletes


Ogho-Oghene Egwero


Odele Tega Peter

110m Hurdles

Tyron Akins

400m Hurdles

Miles Ukaoma

Triple Jump

Tosin Oke


Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.


  1. Why did Dominique Duncan, Mark Jelks, Toyin Augustus and Ajoke Odumosu not participate in the AFN trials? Are they retired

    • Both Dominique Duncan and Ajoke Odumosu competed in Warri. Ajoke just made a return after having a baby. Duncan finished 6th in the 200m. Mark Jelks didn’t come around while Toyin Augustus stopped competing for Nigeria about four/five years ago.

  2. These sets of coaches are the same coaches over the years and I know Yusuf Alli is not a recognize jump coach.
    He should allow Olu Sule to be with the jumpers
    Great athletes.


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